Margret Boveri

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Margret Antonie Boveri (14 August 1900 – 6 July 1975) [1] was one of the best-known German journalists and writers of the post-World War II period.



Margret Boveri was born in Würzburg, Germany, the daughter of German biologist Theodor Boveri and American biologist Marcella O'Grady Boveri. Her father died in 1915 and her mother returned to the USA in 1925. She studied history and political science in Munich and Berlin. From 1934 she worked in the Foreign Affairs section of the Berliner Tageblatt newspaper, where she was promoted by the editor, Paul Scheffer. [2]

From 1939 until 1943 (when the newspaper was banned) she worked as foreign correspondent for the Frankfurter Zeitung newspaper in Stockholm and New York City. She was awarded the War Merit Medal by the Nazi Government in 1941; she herself was never a member of the Nationalist Socialist Party. After the USA entered the war she was interned for a time in New York, before being returned, at her own request, to Europe. In May 1942 she arrived in Lisbon, where she continued her work as correspondent for the Frankfurter Zeitung. While in Lisbon she became acquainted with the Swiss journalist Annemarie Schwarzenbach, who was to die shortly afterwards in an accident in Switzerland. [3]

After the Frankfurter Zeitung was banned by the German government in 1943, Boveri returned to Berlin, where her apartment was destroyed in an air strike. She then took up work as a report writer in the German embassy in Madrid before returning to Berlin in 1944 to work as a freelance writer with the National Socialist weekly Das Reich . [2]

Memorial at Opitzstrasse 8 in Berlin-Steglitz Gedenktafel Opitzstr 8 Margret Boveri.JPG
Memorial at Opitzstraße 8 in Berlin-Steglitz

After the war Boveri disapproved of the division of Germany by the Allies into separate political zones, in which she was supported by Konrad Adenauer, and she maintained her opposition to the division of Germany until the 1960s. In 1968 she was awarded the German Critics' Prize and in 1970 the Bundesverdienstkreuz, the highest civilian honour in West Germany, for promoting understanding between East and West Germany. [4] Among her friends and acquaintances were Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, Theodor Heuss, Ernst von Weizsäcker, Freya von Moltke, Ernst Jünger, Carl Schmitt, Armin Mohler, Gottfried Benn und Uwe Johnson. [2]

She died in Berlin in 1975. [2]


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  1. Castonier, Elisabeth (2010). Exil im Nebelland: Elisabeth Castoniers Briefe an Mary Tucholsky : eine Chronik (in German). Peter Lang. ISBN   9783039100378.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Heike B. Görtemaker: Ein deutsches Leben. Die Geschichte der Margret Boveri, München, 2005
  3. Gillessen, Günther: Auf verlorenem Posten. Die Frankfurter Zeitung im Dritten Reich. Berlin 1986, p. 479 et passim.
  4. Heike B. Görtemaker: Ein deutsches Leben. Die Geschichte der Margret Boveri, München, 2005, S. 313